"Please excuse me for a minute, i must go get changed." Ma said then left for his quaters. He got there and got out of his Armor. He opened his wardrobe and got out the suit, it looked almost exactly like his other set of armor except it was black with blood red detailing and visible mesh between the pieces. He slipped into the suit then felt little metal spikes enter his back. The deal is sealed now he thought to himself. a few minutes later he re-entered the Council room and sat in his chair. "The Incorruptible is ready to jump at anytime." Artia and Ma said at the same time.
Smiling at a message sent to him via data pad, John stood. "Well I guess I better get my ass in gear then." Nodding to Catherine, he finished his drink as he tapped his comm. badge. "Please thank the Admiral for me, for the lovely drink. Thuillier to Black Hand, one to transport."
Now standing on his own bridge, he walked up beside Rez. "So, what did you find us?" Rez sat back from his console, and let out a satisfied sigh. "Well we managed to scrounge a fair bit of various precious metals from the scrap, replaced a lot of base elements for the replicators, and found some good trophies." John clapped him on the shoulder, grinning from ear to ear. "Now that is what I like to hear. So, what sorta trophies did we get?" :A banner with their insignia on it, only a little singed, it's hanging in the mess. Joran has the other two for you."
Turning to face his First Officer, John looked like a child on Christmas morning. "So what did ya find me?" The Trill shook his head as he first handed John a grey Imperial Officers cap. "You said you wanted a good hat." He said, as John put the hat on. "And this, it's a weapon of some sort, but thats about all we know." Joran handed the Capitan a metal cylinder that had a button on the side. When John touched the button, a 3 foot long shaft of red plasma erupted from the handle. "That is fucking cool, I'll have to ask Capitan Ford about this later." Turning the weapon off, he looked at Joran. "So we all set?" "Yes Capitan, we're green across the board, and awaiting your orders." "Alright, let's go."
Jumping to the coordinates provided by the Representative, the Black Hand went dark as soon as it dropped out of warp, making her way in system to gather as much intel as she could.
Helfaunt had managed to get back onto his command chair with the help of Catherine and Davids, and he was setting up the jump launching two salvage probes per ship to the two Star Destroyers he managed to defeat, and getting a few on the SSD, already having connected his tactical station to the fleet systems, so that the other ships would be constantly appraised in real-time of optimal jumps and what's happening, meanwhile, Helfaunt has the Incorruptible Light form up with his ship and they jump in, behind the outer planet and closer to the Black Hand than expected.
Helfaunt's sensor displays and tactical options displays went wild, and he opened his tactical intercom "ALL ECM TEAMS EXCEPT 5-7, FOCUS ON SCRAMBLING THOSE FRIGS CHASING THE BLACK HAND!" Helfaunt activates his combat sensors and starts streaming combat data to the DEFIANT class destroyer, his last three ECM teams work the enemy fleets chasing a few pockets of frigates and freighters, all lead by a single scarred cruiser, they are all fighting back so desperately that they are using escape pods filled with explosive as missiles, Helfaunt deploys his fighters to cover them from frigates, noticing one of their ships, a massive vessel, most likely as big or larger than his own, already got out of system and was hailing him "This is the Amon'Krie Spaceyard Mother's Ferocity hailing unknown assisting vessel, please identify yourself and your partner vessels. Warning, there is a much larger force in the system, and if you attack that fleet, assuming you survive,the Xi-Chung Empirical Conglomerate WILL be at war with you. However, we will join your people if you assist us." motioning for Catherine to update the Fleet on the situation, and to make sure that the Frigates after Captain John are properly blinded "This is Admiral Helfaunt of Representative, they are already engaging us, so I don't figure we've got a choice."
Helfaunt sighed. His gambit had failed, and he'd gotten the Fleet in the middle of a lost war, he was attempting to think of ways to make amends already, but he had to save these people They've got a space yard, colony ships, if he can make amends with the Fleet, he just might be able to set up bases of operation around this new galaxy. This just might turn out okay.
"God he jumped us into an active warzone." Artia said looking out onto the fleets.
"We might as well try to assist them." Ma said "Broadcast to the Representative. I am requesting permission to jump in and assist with cover fire, you are the admiral of this fleet for them jump so i am asking. we've got new laser batteries installed and your engineers increased our reactor output so we are on an entirely new level of firepower and shielding."
"Come on in, I didn't think it would be this bad. Permission granted for all allied ships to jump in at will."
The incorruptible Light jumped in between the frigates chasing The Black Hand and gave a full broadside to each frigate, reducing it to a hunk of metal. The ship then jumped behind the fleeing vessels using all of its point defense to stop the incoming missiles and torpedoes from hitting any ships. the attackers and The incorruptible started to trade blows with neither gaining on the other. "This is Ship Master Ma'T'da and the A.I. Artia of The Incorruptible Light we'll cover your retreat. Just get out of here."
The whole plan had gone to shit. The Black Hand had dropped out of warp right on top of a frigate squadron, before getting a chance to slip off the sensor net. The capital ships had opened fire without any word or question, just full broadsides.
"Aft shields are down 74%, one more hit and their gone!"
"Reroute any power you can spare to shore the..." John's order was cut short as another volley of fire slammed into the little ship. An EPS relay beside his command chair overloaded, throwing him to the deck, causing sever burns to the left side of his face. "CAPITAN! We need to get you to sick bay." The XO said as he pulled John to his feet. "Not now...would somebody please KILL one of these fuckers!" John exclaimed.
The Black Hand came about hard, unleashing a furious volley of phaser and torpedo fire onto two vessels they'd manage to cripple earlier, during to opening attack. The crew cheered as reactor beaches, and secondary explosions consumed the two frigates. Their jubilation was short lived as they took another blast from several other enemies.
Relays and consoles exploded in electrical fury, the air hung thick with smoke, debris was scattered everywhere. "Shields are DOWN! Armour is at 20%, we've lost warp drive, and we're leaking plasma." Partis said, with a grim voice. "Alright, helm evasive pattern Romeo Lima Whisky Four."
"Capitan, new contact...thank the Prophets, it The Incorruptible Light !" "Thank you Rez. New heading Jones, let's put the big guns between us and the assholes trying to kill us."
"John you alright in there, looked like you were taking a beating. we have to cover the retreating fleet but you can take cover behind us." Ma transmitted "I want all weapons power rerouted to the energy projector, lets give these bastards a taste of covenant power!" with that a large beam around 20 ft in diameter shone out towards one of the cruisers punching a hole right through its shield and hull, but another one quickly replaced it. "Shields are holding but weapons are down at the moment." "Get them back up, i don't want to be fried." Ma shouted. "i'm flaring the reactors to boost their power output, weapons should be online now." Artia said once again the ships were at a stalemate.
Representative jumps into the Capital cluster on their flankes, unleashing a full omni-directional broadsides "Don't worry, Captain John, I'll supply what you need for repairs and heal your people, Ma, please create a wall of dead ships infront of you, these enemies can't maneuver at all, and their sensors have far less penetration than ours. We can literally, create a smokescreen of their own casualties." Helfaunt's ship targetfires several cruisers and battleships, creating a wall of debris, while his railguns shredded frigates, and the weak point data spreads throughout the fleet, which vessels have shields/armor/both, which don't, which do what, and target-plans for them all "Prioritize your own safety, this is our miscalculation, I don't want to tug back anyone ELSE for it. But if you still wanna stick around, destroy their electronics support, for communications this big, they need communications and targetting relays. Kill them, and we might destroy this battle-group before the rest of the fleet arrives." Helfaunt's energy weapons, projectile weapons, and missiles were all flying wild, slicing the weaker ships in half.
"time to test out the new lasers we got. Full broadside against them!" Ma Said. The Energy Projector and lazer turrets sang out with deadly efficiency killing 10 frigates and a cruiser in total. A large battle cruiser from the group showed up and a barrage of purple lasers was assaulting its shield.
"WHY HAVE WE NOT JUMPED YET!?!?!!" Admiral Ford shouted at random.
"Sir, we're having troubles inputting the jump co-ordinates into our navicomputers..." Navigations replied.
"BULL-FUCKING-SHIT! Marigoldhas been ready to go for at least half an hour!" Ford blasted back.
"Sir, we've got it. Ready for hyperspace jump!"
"Link with Marigold and JUMP!" Ford shouted.
The stars blurred into lines as Gracemeria and Marigold stretched and jumped through hyperspace to the battle. Both ships came out of hyperspace at opposite ends of the battlefield, Gracemeria to the left of the battle and Marigold to the right. They were both pointing the wrong way, and both ships turned around and charged towards the rear elements of the enemy fleet. Ford's holotable lit up with the tactical display being streamed from Representative and Ford let out a whistle. Holy crap, they really screwed the pooch on this one! He thought. Admiral Ford radioed the Fleet. "This is Admiral Ford with Gracemeria and Marigold, sorry we're late to the party, jump co-ordinates didn't wanna work in my computers. We're at the rear of the enemy fleet and I plan to charge straight down the middle and force them to break and run. Marigold, take point and Gracemeriawill follow on your port flank. May the Force be with us!"
The two Star Destroyers reached engagement range and began firing at a cruiser squadron that had broken off to engage them. It was still halfway through its turn and heavy turbolaser fire met their shields, stressing them greatly. Ford turned to his weapons officer and clapped him on the shoulder. "Load and fire a full salvo of Proton Torpedoes at them."
"Yes Sir! Torpedoes, away!"
Four Proton Torpedoes streaked towards the cruiser squadron, and four enemy ships disappeared in balls of light. The two remaining cruisers fired back only for their shots to flounder harmlessly on Gracemeria's shields. "Focus fire on one cruiser at a time and blast them to hell!" Ford shouted. He needn't have worried as Marigold scored a lucky shot on one of the cruisers and it blew up, and the combined firepower of the two Star Destroyers quickly destroyed the last one.
Rocketing through the wreckage of the squadron, Gracemeria and Marigold set their sights on the main enemy battlegroup.
"Ford, you have no idea how happy you being here makes me" Helfaunt sighed "The refugees escaped, their bunched. all you people need to do is to piggyback them on a jump, I'll deal with my own mess. If I manage to escape this engagement, I'll track you all down. This old boat still has enough tricks to give you plenty of time." The Representative disrupted all target-orders not focused on itself, forcing the enemy ships to focus on it, and giving the others a chance to jump out of system "Go, while I've still got shields."
"I'm not letting you deal with them alone" Ma said and the incorruptible took up formation about 2 km away and started pumping lasers everywhere, dealing massive damage to the fleet. "Ox go over to the transports and escort them." and the First Light jumped over to the group waiting for the jump.
"Ma, don't be foolish, this was my bad judgement and their main force is warping in any time."
Just as Helfaunt finishes saying this, five hundred battleships and Dreadnoughts plus countless support vessels arrives from behind a planet, Helfaunt's beam weapons flood into their formations, incinerating many vessels, only for the empty slots to fill with vessels from other fleets jumping in
"As the resident Admiral, I ORDER retreat. All Lost Fleet vessels, retreat to Earth and a defensive position! I will limp along shortl-" Helfaunt's vessel is pounded by a broadside, it's shields flickering, even though barely anything from each of the ships actually hit it adds up, and some of them tear into the layers of armor upon the Representative, the flagship's shields resuming, and Helfaunt ordering two medical teams to the bridge, broken but audible over comms "I admire your loyalty, Ma, but retreating to fight again is the best we can hope for. You know that, now I'll cover you." Helfaunt charged the enemy position, looping his capital around their capital's broadside volleys with superior ship control and ECM/combat sensor technology
"My shields are holding. Go, now! That's an ORDER! Ford, unfortunately you're not acting admiral anymore, now you're Captain-General. Coordinate the warships, Ma, you're fighter commander, I want those dinghy prepared to kill gods, Ford, I want you to make those Warships ready to kill a Titan at his best. Get back now, I'll give you four hours to prepare before I jump back. If I die, Ford is Admiral, Ma is head of intel. Don't think I'm dead until those hours are up though, I'm a stubborn old man. Now GO!"
"I am just as stubborn, so sir your orders are no good here , im staying with you till the end of this damn battle. you have injured on board and have taken damage i need you to retreat, they're after me and won't leave us alone until they get me, now i am telling you this is not your fight." Ma shouted
"What he says is true, the ship he found me in was my old captains ship, they indoctrinated him, and some of the vessels i've seen in this fleet aren't the norm for the empire, they don't match so please jump away, we'll be along shortly." Artia said with a saddened voice
"Don't bullshit an old Admiral, A.I. I didn't survive a few or so Galactic Wars just to let a friend and comrade die here. Ma is either going to be saved, or salvation, but either way it's not going to be here if I can help it. My crew gave their blood for you already, I've lost one of my closest friends for you, I've gotten records of you from my initial scans. I swear by this entire damned Fleet I'll meet you again. This is just a chapter in your life, MA!" A deadly volley of weapons erupts from the now-flaming Representative, and it broadsides the battlegroup at a long angle, ripping holes and destroying half their support ships, crippling or destroying as much of a fourth of their capitals before flying alongside Ma, and keeping a steady stream of fire "Would you like me to transport some of your crews back, if your so sure of your fate?" Helfaunt was sincere.
John glared at the blank view screen in front of him; he was not in a good mood. As the Black Hand had moved to shelter behind The Incorruptible Light, she caught the corona of a blast as enemy energy weapons slammed into the larger ships shields. The pulse that ran through the ship shut down the impulse drive, blew a few more EPS relays, and knocked out their communications.
"Bridge to Engineering. Please tell me you got something." John tried to remain calm, but he could feel his nerves slipping. "Good news Capitan." The Cardassian Chief Engineer replied cheerily. "I've got the sensor cloak online and running so nobody should be targeting us anymore. That, and I can get you impulse power." "Natima, you are a godsend. I'd kiss you but your girlfriend would probably kill me." He shuddered at the thought of the ship's doctor mad at him. That woman can be downright scary.
Shaking his head, he let that little bit of levity go. "How long until we've got warp drive?" This time the young woman on the other end didn't sound so happy. "I can't say Capitan. I've got fried and blown relays, computers, and conduits everywhere. Best case scenario...not anytime soon." "Do what you can."
Walking to the tactical station, he watched with Joran and Partis as a large fleet dropped in. No matter how fast The Incorruptible Light or Representative killed the ships, more seemed to flood in. Getting an idea, John turned to his science officer. "Rez, what's the makeup of that planet their dropping in behind?" The bajoran worked quickly over his console for a moment, then gave a wolfish smile as he realized what the Capitan was thinking. "J Class, it looks to be a protostar...just needs a kick."
"Helfaunt,please take the crews. i'm so sorry for this, transport most of our crew non-barebone into his cargo."
"charge straight at the main battle group and put us in a spin, i want the most of the ships destroyed on the way."
Ma put on coming undone by Korn and it blasted throughout the whole ship. The Incorruptible started her charge towards their flag ship, every weapon on her firing at max capacity taking out capital after capital.
"Ford and associates, form up on me, Black Hand, don't worry, I'll help you out. Refugee warfleet and all surviving ships that can be saved are already formed up on my flank. Ma, any personnel you want me to take have them wait in your Cargo Bay B in formed up regiments." Helfaunt looked down to Davids "I lost a good friend here, and you've all sustained losses, and it's directly my fault. I promise you to do whatever I can for you all. Ford, if you can, mess with them using your Ion Cannons, their shielding should be completely inadequate for it." Null space shots continued to destroy cruisers and lighter armored Battleships.
"Prioritize making them lose as many ships as possible chasing us. My ECM is covering Captain John from further damage, let him figure out to warp on out first, I just learned he lost comms."
Helfaunt's ship and refugee support continued crippling and every so often lethal volleys against enemy formations, keeping them from getting to close so to avoid the real threat of the guns, getting in optimal firing range, meanwhile the wounded group was chugging off in a clear pattern to give the Black Hand a well-covered escape route.
Tyhpor watched as a hornets nest awoke, "Friendly's are taking a pounding captain, order to retreat has been given." Tyhpor XO reported. "We'll advance and cover the ships that are damaged until a full retreat is completed." The Sword of Retribution jumped into the space immedieatly behind it's allies, putting it's massive bulk between the enemy and it's friends. Heavy fire was immedieatly brought to bear on the big ship, but the retribution's shields soaked it up. Turning to present broadside to the enemy, Thypor ordered the ship open fire. "Send a message to the retreating ships, tell them to hurry the throne up and get their warp cursed arses out of the fire!" He yelled over the din of battle at his comms officer.
Two enemy frigates were turned to scrap as the Sword's heavy turrets concentrated their fire power for a brief second on the pair. "Full torpedo spread, target their heavier ships" the space between the big ship and the encroaching enemy was filled with a volley of torpedoes, the ordance flew towards targets, one or two were interecepted blooming in the void of space as their warheads were detonated. The others found their way to the their targets ripping through already weakend shields and impacting squarley with the chasing ships. 2 ships were torn to pieces as the warhead's delivered killing strokes, another two were crippled and began floating away as their captains tried to pull them out of the fight, they were quickly culled as the Sword's weapons finished them off.
The enemy's return fire intendified as they realise how dangerous the battleship really was, the void shield covering the presented side glowed as it held the enemy's fire at bay, with a overload of energy the void shield colapsed. The Sword's armour began to take heavy hits. "We've lost number 3 port side shield! Turret's and armour taking heavy damage sir!" the Xo called. "Get it back online, boost power from the starboard side shields to the port side! Target the ships that are the most immedieate threat, kill them in the name of the Emperor!" Tyhpor roared at the crew. "we've got too many target's captain, unless the fleet leaves soon we will be overwhelmed" Flavius said calmly. "Contact the fleet, tell them to get the Feth out of the system now!" "Were venting atmosphere in section Theta 4, weapons platforms sigma 5 and sigma 6 are down my Lord" the XO reported. Thypor spat, this was tunring out to be a damn horrible day. "Keep us in it, get engineering and fire control teams to those sections now. I want us back at full strength!"
Just then, three dreadnaughts jumped in in front of the lost fleet. they were armed to the teeth, walls of moving firepower, and they started to pound the opposing fleet making they're way to The Incorruptible Light who's shields were showing signs of straining. a massive barrage of missiles was launched at her and then her shields dropped. "It was an honor knowing you all." Ma broadcasted to the fleet. three seconds before the barrage hit, they froze mid flight and so did the incorruptible. "What happened? i think we've been sav-" and the ship was hit by a massive force, not damaging the hull but knocking everyone inside out.
A boarding party was dispatched to The Incorruptible and within a few minutes the lead dreadnaught and The incorruptible jumped out.
The other two dreadnaughts resumed their deadly path utterly crippling about 300 ships and then jumping out.
If he thought he was angry before, he was now positively livid. Just as the Lost Fleet had started to pull back, he'd attempted to launch his remaining tri-cobalt devices into the proto-star in an attempt to induce nuclear fusion, and fry the incoming enemy fleet. Unfortunately as soon as Partis tired to fire, both tactical consoles overloaded, severely wounding the Romulan, knocking the weapons system offline.
"Capitan, Engineering reports we've got warp drive but they don't know for how long." Jones reported from the helm. "Very well, bring us about and make for home." God I hope the Admiral survives...because I want to kill him! Still venting plasma, the Black Hand swung away from the fight, jumping back to Earth to lick her wounds.
Ox was waiting for the other ships to ready their drives and saw the incorruptible get taken. "GOD DAMN IT." he shouted in rage and took the fleeing fleet that they had stumbled upon and jumped back to Earth with them. Behind them the Black Hand jumped in. "open comms with The black hand." a second later the comms were open between the ships."They got Ma, but damn the man knew how to wage war, also if you need any advanced medical attention we have the propper facilities." and got no response
Seeing the other ships jump Sword of Retribution broke off from the fight. It turned in the dirrection of Terra and engaged it's warp drive. Appearing over the planet, Typhor order the ship to stand by alert, the crew began immedieatly repairing damaged turrets and weapon stations. EVA suited engineers and servitors began repairing the gouged armour using gathered resources to patch holes in the thick plating.
Captain General, Vice Admiral Ford watched the battle go to hell as Gracemeria and Marigold attempted to break the back of the enemy fleet. The two star destroyers had blasted nearly half the enemy fleet into oblivion, with Marigold's ion cannons disabling ships left right and center and Gracemeria turning them into scrap metal. But still, it wasn't enough to reach the Lost Fleet in time. Incorruptible Light made a suicide charge and looked lost when 3 enemy dreadnoughts jumped in and immobilised and boarded her, then jumped away with the Covenant Assault Carrier. Ford swore loudly as Representative and Black Hand looked lost as well, only to be saved by Sword of Retribution as it jumped in and obliterated another 100 or so heavy ships.
Just as Ford was about to radio the Fleet and attempt to marshall a counter attack to wipe out the remaining 100 enemy ships, Black Hand and First Light of Dawn jumped away with the refugee fleet back to Earth. Ford then watched Sword of Retribution's mammoth void shields go down and she then jumped back to Earth as well. "AW SHITBALLS! XO, get me the Representative RIGHT FUCKING NOW!" Ford shouted. "HELFAUNT! If you can hear me, the rest of the fleet is out, including those refugee ships! NOW TURN YOUR ASS AROUND AND GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!"
The enemy ships, seeing that their guns had little to no effect on the shields of the two Star Destroyers, began to make suicide runs, charging them at full speed. The radio crackled to life as Captain Windhover came over the radio. "Marigold to Gracemeria! They're charging us, and we don't have the weapons coverage to block that kind of attack! We need to jump out now!"
Ford growled then responded. "Captain Windhover, we must safely see the Representative out of this system before we can jump. Our shields are the only ones in the entire fleet that seem to take little damage from the enemy weapons, so we're staying in this fight dammit! Divert all power from weapons to shields and engines, and get to Representative!"
The two star destroyers charged through the last of the enemy fleet and into the wreckage of the dead enemy ships, reaching Representative and forming up on either side of the damaged dreadnought.
"Helfaunt you stubborn old bastard, LET'S FUCKING GO!" Vice Admiral Ford shouted.
seeing that the other ships were safe, Ox then jumped the ship back and moved into position behind the Gracemeria. "Ox to Gracemeria, i suggest boosting shields to max strength. This could get rough but i commandeered a NOVA warhead and snuck it on board. tell me when to launch it."
Representative Jumped, appearing in Home System in flames and seemingly half shattered, the Refugee fleet starts attempting to use it's repair Base Ship to repair Helfaunt's large vessel, before a weak signal comes from the ruined ship, and the fleet leaves to start repairing the rest of the fleet, life signs on the ship are low compared to earlier, and fluctuating, some of them seem isolated and nearly dead.
"This is Admiral Helfaunt. I'm setting a protocol, if I go silent for more than thirty minutes, or I'm silent during critical damage to another ship, Ford automatically takes command until I can regain Comms. Representative lost comms. Also, until I can get my ships back operational Gracemeria and Ford are the command presence. The 'Krie have gifts, tools, and repairs for you all. Black Hand, I managed to get them to create you a proper cloaking device. Also, they'll give you shield regenerating units, new reactors, and advanced sublight engines, their own medical facilities for your use, I'd offer you my resources, but I don't think I even have half of the crew I did. I lost most of my people, so this is all I can do. For the rest of you, all except the cloaking device are available to you all as well, I'm having the Krie continue to create components, and I'm having them set up a home base on Earth. I'd like to voice my sorrow that my crew is not the only ones that paid for our mistake." Helfaunt seemed stressed, and monotone. His ship was sticking together on engineering integrity alone, and his repair drones where slow-working.
"sir their shields are at max." a comm man reported. "Good, launch the NOVA bomb!" Ox ordered
A missile screamed out of the frigate, traveling fast enough to avoid any fire. it reached the center of the main battle group, it detonated. an extremely large blast ensued.like a invisible wall, ships were disintegrated, a few survived but were dispatched by their reactors overloading. All in all two thirds of the enemy fleet was destroyed. the explosion battered the shields of the star destroyers, yet they stood.
"Ford i've done my part but we can't do as much damage, so we're jumping back." ox said and they jumped back to the fleet. "Helfaunt, i am offering all my engineers and pelicans to help repair your ship if you want any schematics for weapons systems i'd be happy to supply you with them." ox said then took a sip of his coffee.
The line to the Representative could receive, but no broadcasts were coming from the ship, as it would seem all power was going towards saving the weak isolated life signs and trying to repair the vessel, the ship's outer hull had already been patched up and no more flaming oxygen leaks dotted the hull, however armor plating was still weak and shields were the ship's only defensive line, and even they were stressed for power. Up to thirty corpses orbited Helfaunt's battered ship, some human some apparently android, and some alien, their energy signatures from their implants looking like macabre moons on sensors, it would take a month or more for the Representative to be back to full without aid, and they had still taken half of the crew in casualties or unfound people, and slowly other lost things became apparent in orbit around the ship, personal possessions to orbs of floating coffee to benches tables and chairs.
In the battle, the enemy's communications signals flared like crazy, and several more fleets rapidly approached on long range sensors, a clear declaration of full war was looped by thousands of ships across the local system cluster towards the capital ships remaining in the Lost Fleet.
Ford would get a message from simple communication signals, telling him he's in command until further notice. On encrypted fleet channels, he'd receive details on a massive intelligence project that was sent by Helfaunt while he was being broadsided.
Ma woke up on some sort of bed, with the suit still on. "Hello anyone there?" he shouted out, Artia popped up beside him "Why hello sleepy head, glad you could wake up. don't try to move though, i have the suit locked, it would be wasted effort." she said, but this time she looked real, like you could touch her. Artia then sat on the bed and it sank underneath her weight. "This holodeck technology has worked wonders, i can thank John for that one. but anyway i needed a flagship and The Incorruptible seemed perfect, large and graceful. Now i want to know, i would command the ship myself but you have more experience with her and i like you so i could send you off in a pod back to the fleet or you could serve under me. whats your choice?" Artia finished explaining
Ma thought about this for a moment and decided "I shall serve under you. That ship shall only part with me upon death." Artia looked at him and smiled "Perfect, just the choice i wanted you to make." she pecked him a kiss on his cheek and left the room, Ma then drifted back into sleep
"According to the readings ma sent me earlier there should be a forerunner shield world that we found on previous missions, present in this universe. It should protect us from their fleets. Essentially a shield world is a hollowed planet with an artificial sun and useable land on the inside of it, guarding it are sentinels that we had made acquaintances with, they have enough firepower to destroy an assault carrier within three minutes. i suggest we go there and use it as a safe heaven. They also have dry-dock facilities that would immensely speed up the repair process on the Representative." Ox finished broadcasting to For. I hope he decides soon because the fleets that aren't in that system, their reinforcements, will tear apart our little group apart.